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Trip to Austin an unsuccessful one for Texas State baseball SEE SPORTS PAGE 10



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City extends contract with lobbying firm

A pillow for Spenlow

By Scott Thomas The University Star

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Raini Burnside, theatre senior, playing Joanna Markham hounds Tyler Wallach, theatre freshman, whose character is Alistair Spenlow during the dress rehearsal for the British sex farce Move Over Mrs. Markham Monday. Shows start 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets are on sale for $5 for students at the Theatre Building Box Office. SEE TRENDS PAGE 5.

Judge dismisses MySpace negligence lawsuit By Philip Hadley The University Star The $30 million lawsuit against the social networking site MySpace, filed by the family of a 14-year-old Travis County girl, was dismissed last week by a federal judge. The girl, whose pseudonym is Julie Doe, claimed she was sexually assaulted by 19-year- old Pete Solis, of Buda, after they met online through MySpace. The lawsuit, which was filed June 19, cited negligence and fraud on the part of MySpace and its owner, News

Corporation. The family’s attorney, Adam Loewy, said Monday he plans to re-file a section of the lawsuit in Los Angeles. “The judge only dismissed the part of the lawsuit regarding MySpace’s negligence. This move allows us to re-file the other half which involves fraud,” Loewy said. Loewy said he expects the new lawsuit to succeed in California, where MySpace is headquartered. U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks, who presided over the case, found MySpace to be protected under the Communication Decency Act of

1996. The act cited by the judge grants immunity to interactive online services for the content posted by their users. “MySpace had no duty to protect Julie Doe from Pete Solis’s criminal acts,” Sparks said in the court order issued Tuesday. “If anyone had a duty to protect Julie Doe, it was her parents, not MySpace.” In the ruling, Sparks noted that the girl lied about her age, posing as an 18 year old, and ignored the minimum age requirement stated by MySpace during user sign-up.

Loewy said MySpace did not do enough to protect Doe and ignored Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s recommendations on how to make the site safer for teenagers. The court order stated that in order to claim negligence on MySpace’s behalf the plaintiff must allege the existence of a duty. According to the ruling, Myspace has no legal duty to protect another from the criminal acts of a third person. Barri Wilcox, a Texas State mass communication graduate student,

Frank Bartley’s term as the first student regent of the Texas State University System was celebrated Monday in the LBJ Student Center. “When I discovered (that I could apply for this) it seemed new and interesting,” said Bartley, public administration senior. “I didn’t know anyone in politics in Texas, so it was a shot in the dark.” Bartley became the first student regent for the Texas State University System. His term expired this month. “It was a challenge being the first and creating the position, but I enjoyed it,” he said. “I got a lot of respect and people were receptive to what I had to say.” A nine-member board of regents governs the Texas State University System. Regents are appointed by the governor and approved by the State Senate. Student regents, who do not have

voting powers, are appointed by the governor and approved by the regents. “I was fairly confident that a student from our school would be selected because we have the biggest school in the system, but you never know for sure,” said President Denise Trauth. Bartley’s selection to be the system’s first student regent was a boon for Texas State. “We were very proud when he was selected but even more proud as the year went on,” Trauth said. “It was tough work and he has really performed admirably.” Bartley did a good job communicating with the students, she said. He kept up with the demands of being a student and a regent. “In November, all the schools were asking for a tuition increase and we worked out a compromise,” Bartley said. “We are waiting to see what the appropriations bill looks like.” As a student at Texas State,

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Bartley was a member of the American Red Cross Club, participated in Bobcat Build and Habitat for Humanity and is one of the founders and the current president of The Loud Crowd. Bartley’s roommate Mike Strunk attended the event. “His plan is starting to follow through and you can see his professional abilities,” Strunk said. “He’s really enjoying life.” Strunk, exercise and sports science senior, talked about how Bartley took on the task of representing the system’s students. “He would come home with stacks of different books and sit in a corner of the apartment and just read,” he said. “As he read more and more, it wasn’t as big of a deal. It was cool to see him really enjoy it.” Bartley said he learned a lot in the past year. “Along the way, everyone was a huge help and I can’t thank (them) enough,” he said. “I wanted to find a way to make things better for students in Texas.”

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Prescription drug use rises among teens By Ashley Gwilliam The University Star

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Party honors first student regent By Christina Kahlig The University Star

The San Marcos City Council made a unanimous decision Feb. 6 to extend its contract with the Winstead Consulting Group to provide lobbying services for the city. The city will pay Winstead $15,000 a month to lobby lawmakers at the state and national level to pass funding and legislation favorable to San Marcos. “Winstead Consulting Group will serve as an information resource,” said Janis Carter, managing director at the Winstead Consulting Group’s Austin office. “We will work with the city to identify pieces of legislation and issues that they want us to be proactive on.” Winstead has an office in Washington D.C., which handles matters on the federal level, and an office in Austin, which handles local and state initiatives. Both offices will be working with San Marcos in the coming year. “There are certain things they do that I don’t think any council members can accomplish,” said John Thomaides, Place 6 city councilman. “They help us navigate the system in Washington.” Winstead is helping San Marcos procure funds from the federal and state government for the freight rail relocation. The freight line running through downtown San Marcos would then become part of a commuter train system connecting Austin, San Antonio and the surrounding communities. The freight lines being replaced will continue to operate, but will be relocated outside of San Marcos and other urban areas. “The commuter train between Austin and San Antonio is the plan of the future,”

Monty Marion/Star photo CUTTING OUT: Frank Bartley, Texas State’s first student regent, cuts into a cake made in his honor during his going-away party Monday at the LBJ Student Center.

The number of U.S. adolescents using illicit drugs has continued to slowly decline, while prescription drug and overthe-counter cold medicine abuse has remained relatively high, according to the 2006 Monitoring the Future survey. Although illicit drug use showed only a slight decline since 2005, the survey reported rates being significantly lower than peak rates during the 1990s. The survey of 50,000 participants reported 15 percent of eighth graders, 29 percent of tenth graders and 37 percent of twelfth graders said they used an illicit drug within the prior year. “Because most of the illegal drugs like LSD, ecstasy, cocaine and heroin have shown considerable declines in recent years, while the misuse of prescriptiontype drugs has been growing. The latter have become a more important part of the country’s drug problem,” said the survey’s principle investigator, Lloyd Johnston, in a recent press release. “Marijuana is still by far the most widely used of all of the illicit drugs, but even its use has been in gradual decline recently.” The U.S. has become prescription happy, said Judy Row, director of Texas State’s Drug and Alcohol Resource Center. Everything seemed to change when medications began to be advertised on television, Row said. People began to go See PRESCRIPTION, page 3

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starsof texas state Dana M. García, biology professor, was recently awarded $15,000 from Hope for Vision in recognition of the excellence of her research into cell signaling mechanisms in the retina. Hope for Vision is an organization with the mission of increasing awareness of retinal degenerative and other blinding diseases and to raise urgently needed funding. The award to García was unsolicited — she received it as a

result of being nominated by her peers in vision research. According to the Hope for Vision Web site, “findings from Dr. Garcia’s research will offer new directions for developing therapeutics that could enhance survival of rod photoreceptors in retinal degenerative disease.” –Courtesy of Media Relations

News Contact — Nick Georgiou, Texas State University-San Marcos is a member of the Texas State University System

Sitting With Friends WEDNESDAY The Association of Information Technology Professionals will have a Chapter Meeting. Scott Foster, president of the Austin association professional chapter, will be discussing social networking. The meeting will be at 5 p.m. in McCoy Hall, Room 127. There will be free pizza and soda. All majors are welcome: The American Marketing Association will present guest speaker Paul Branch, General Manager for U.S. Onshore Sales for Bredero Shaw, in LBJ Student Center, Room 3-14.1 at 5:50 p.m. Free food and drinks will be available starting at 5:15 p.m. All majors are welcome. More information is at www. The Texas State Housing Fair, sponsored by Off Campus Student Services, will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the LBJ Ballroom. This is event is free for all students. The Philosophy Dialogue Series presents “The Observable Beginnings of Human Consciousness: A Neurophysiological, Pragmatic Criterion” with Dr. Richard Hull, executive director of Text and Academic Authors Association Foundation at 1 p.m. in the Psychology Building, Room 132. A rosary will be prayed at 6:25 p.m. in the chapel of the Catholic Student Center. Bobcat Build registration will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the LBJ Mall. Career Services will be conducting “A Virtual Internship Fair” online at Jobs4Cats. For more information, call Jonathan Pliego at (512) 245-2645, or e-mail The Earth First Organization will be having its weekly meeting at 4 p.m. in Evans Liberal Arts, Room 314. For more information, e-mail Bogan Durr at The Tennis Club will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. at the tennis courts on Sessom Drive,


behind Joe’s Crab Shack. All skill levels are welcome. For more information, e-mail Chris Harris, tennis club president, at

University Police Department Feb. 16, 1:33 a.m. Failure to Comply/Striking Unattended Vehicle/Student Health Center parking lot An officer was dispatched for a report from of a student’s vehicle struck by an unknown person causing the original vehicle to hit another. This case is under investigation.

The Alcohol and Drug Resource center will hold its weekly “The Network” meeting from 5 to 7 p.m. in the LBJSC, Room 3-6.1.

THURSDAY Texas State’s women’s basketball will play Stephen F. Austin at 7 p.m. in Strahan Coliseum.

Feb. 16, 7:41 p.m. Fire Call/Clear Springs Apartments An officer was dispatched for a report of fire. The San Marcos Fire Department was already at the scene and the fire was extinguished.

Women in Leadership Series Discussion Panel: The History and Future of Women in Leadership will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the LBJ Ballroom. The Philosophy Dialogue Series will present, “Philosophy and the Brain,” with Andy Trevino philosophy and psychology senior, at 11 a.m. in the Psychology Building, Room 132. The Philosophy Dialogue Series will present “Prohibited States of Consciousness,” with Sean Batura and the Freethought Society at 3 p.m. in the Psychology Building, Room 132. The Stations of the Cross will be at 6 p.m. in the CSC chapel. Meditation and Contemplation will be from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Campus Christian Community Center. For more information, e-mail Micah Robbins at, or call (512) 878-2036. The Catholic Student Organization will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the lounge of the CSC. Overeaters Anonymous meets at 5:30 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church, 130 W. Holland St. Call (512) 3572049 for more information. Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship will hold its weekly meeting at 8:30 p.m. in Old Main, Room 320. There will be contemporary worship, relevant teaching and prayer. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information, call (512) 557-7988 or e-mail

Karen Wang/Star photo Jackie Castaneda, international studies junior, practices color theory work Tuesday at the Art Building next to exhibited pieces.

ASG Beat ASG constitution up for change with student referendum The Associated Student Government is the official voice of the students at Texas State University. The meetings are open to the public and held at 7 p.m. every Monday night in the LBJ Student Center, Room 3-14.1. Anyone wishing to address the Senate, should feel free and come prepared to speak during public forum. Any interest in being a guest speaker should be directed to vice president Amanda Oskey. Legislation was recently passed calling for a student referendum to amend the ASG Constitution, Article III. It states the eligibility requirements to run for ASG president. Because

ASG recognizes there are many capable individuals who possess outstanding leadership skills that would benefit the student body regardless of any previous ASG involvement, we have taken it upon ourselves to initiate a student referendum to amend the constitution. Currently, the constitution states anyone wishing to run for the office of ASG president must have completed two full semesters either as a senator or as an ex-efficio committee member. The legislation calls for the constitution to be amended to eliminate the two-semester rule. The student referendum will be held before the regular ASG elections and the results, pending passage, will be implemented immediately. The Associated Student Government is actively seeking ways to better the representation of the

student body. Another issue that will go to student referendum is the legislation calling for the re-appropriation of senate seats based on on-campus, off-campus, at-large and two seats for each individual college. The legislation passed also calls for increasing the number of seats in the Senate. It is important that the size of the student senate is a reflection of the size and increasing enrollment of the university. These changes would go into effect immediately, pending passage of this constitutional amendment by student referendum. The ASG Graduate House of Representatives meets every other Friday at 1 p.m. in LBJSC, Room 3-12.1. Graduate students are encouraged to attend. The next meeting will be Friday.

Feb. 17, 1:16 a.m. Criminal Mischief/Bobcat Village An officer was dispatched for a report of a fire alarm. Upon further investigation it was found that an unknown person had set off the alarm. SMFD was called in and the alarm was reset.

San Marcos Police Department Feb. 16, 6:29 p.m. Resisting Arrest/1850 Aquarena Springs Drive Offender was arrested for public intoxication and resisting arrest. Feb. 17, 8:47 a.m. Theft under $500/Bobcat Village An officer was dispatched for a theft report. A student stated an item had been taken without consent. This case is under investigation. Feb. 18, 5:20 p.m. Theft/1015 Highway 80 An officer made an arrest for shoplifting.

Lecture features Geography Information Science leader Jack Dangermond, a recognized pioneer in spatial analysis methods, and one of the founding fathers of Geographic Information Systems technology, will give the inaugural Texas Center for Geographic Information Science Lecture March 1 at Texas State. The Texas Center for Geographic Information Science in the department of geography at Texas State conducts research and trains professionals and scholars in Geographic Information Science and its applications. The lecture, entitled “GIS: Vision and Enabling Tech-

nology,” will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. in Evans Liberal Arts, Room 116. It is free and open to the public. Dangermond, and his wife Laura are co-founders. He is the president of Environmental Systems Research Institute the technical and market leader in Geographic Information Systems software, headquartered in Redlands, Calif. The company provides innovative solutions for working with spatial data on the desktop, across the enterprise, in the field and on the Web. The institute has the world’s largest Geographic Information Sci-

ence software install base, with more than one million users in more than 300,000 organizations worldwide. Dangermond, who is considered one of the most influential people in Geographic Information Systems, said he founded the institute because he realized that geography matters. In an Environmental Systems Research Institute paper entitled “Geography Matters,” he writes, “linking location to information is a process that applies to many aspects of decision making in business and the community. Choosing a site,

targeting a market segment, planning a distribution network, zoning a neighborhood, allocating resources and responding to emergencies — these problems involve questions of geography.” Organizations can unlock geography from the data they use every day to make decisions by using intelligent digital maps made possible by Geographic Information Systems technology, Dangermond writes. Everyone, he says, is finding maps make processing information much easier and more effective. — Courtesy of Media Relations


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to their doctors and ask for specific medications to treat their problems. The abuse of prescription medications started with Ritalin and Adderall, and then progressed on to the opiates and painkillers, she said. “When it started, it was a matter of people using other people’s medication,” Row said. Americans may be getting bombarded by images of prescription drug use, but some Texas State students think there is a difference between abuse and illicit use of prescription drugs. “If someone is using Adderall every once in a while to study for a big test that’s OK,” said Jennifer Thomas, aquatic biology sophomore “Most of the other ones, like antidepressants and pain killers, are not OK to use in that way.” Row said students began to use Ritalin and Adderall to help them study, but found they could get abuse the drugs by mixing them with alcohol. “At the beginning there was a widespread assumption that because they were prescription they weren’t going to be as harmful as the illegal drugs,” Row said. The survey said the 12th-

grade annual prevalence rate for the use of prescription drugs, including narcotics other than heroin, was nine percent. Two of the most popular pain medications in this category are OxyContin and Vicodin. While the annual prevalence rate of OxyContin remained high for 12th graders, of greater concern to researchers are the increases of these rates among eighth and 10th graders. These rates reached their highest levels thus far, with 2.6 percent of eighth graders and 3.8 percent of 10th graders saying they abused OxyContin within the past year. Row said OxyContin was developed to treat severe pain of cancer patients and is highly addictive. The survey also said one in every 25 eighth graders abused cough or cold medications fairly recently, as did about one in every 14 12th graders. The Partnership for a Drug-Free America estimates that as many as one in five teens are abusing prescription medications to get high, while one in 10 teens are abusing cough medicine to get high. According to a recent study by the partnership and the MetLife Foundation, more

than one-third of teens and parents think teen abuse of prescription painkillers is safer than the abuse of illicit street drugs. “This is a case of misinformation and poor attitudes — teens seeing few health risks associated with intentional abuse — teamed with easy access at home and via the Internet. Together it’s a potentially lethal combination,” said Steve Pasierb, president and CEO of the partnership, on the organization’s Web site. “When these medicines are abused — when they are used for anything other than their intended and approved purpose — they can be every bit as dangerous as illegal street drugs.” The partnership survey showed disagreement between parents and adolescents as to why adolescents abuse prescription medications. Row said not to take medication for longer than it is prescribed, and doctors should always be communicated with closely, even when willing to renew a prescription. “If you have to have it to function in any capacity, then it’s time to stop,” she said. “People have a hard time recognizing when they are using it to function, so that is something that is easier said than done.”

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agreed MySpace does not have a duty to protect its users from criminal acts committed by someone not affiliated with the site. “MySpace already has controls for underage users. Doe knowingly bypassed these security measures by lying about her age,” Wilcox said. According to the lawsuit

MySpace is the most widely used social networking site and the most visited Website in the U.S. MySpace and its representatives were unavailable for comment. Solis contacted the girl through MySpace in April. Doe subsequently lied about her age and provided Solis with her telephone number. After several phone calls,

Doe and Solis arranged to meet for a date May 12. Doe claimed during this date Solis sexually assaulted her. Doe’s mother called the Austin Police Department May 13 to report the sexual assault of her daughter. Solis was subsequently indicted by the Travis County District Attorney’s Office for sexual assault, a second-degree felony.

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Emily Messer/Star photo Mark Moreno, pre-music freshman, practices his trombone outside the Music Building after it was evacuated because of a pulled fire alarm Thursday after 1 p.m. Fire officials later determined that a broken piece of maintenance equipment caused smoke in the building.

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said Gaylord Bose, Place 2 city councilman. “The whole thing will be an economic boom.” The commuter train is intended to alleviate traffic and will ease parking troubles for students commuting to Texas State from Austin and San Antonio. “The heavy traffic on the roads will not let up any,” Bose said. “The people I know who use the commuter train rarely use their cars anymore.” The city council also intends for Winstead to help obtain FAA appropriations for improvements on the San Marcos airport, with estimated costs totaling approximately $10 to $12 billion. “We’re trying to improve the quality of the airstrip and upgrade the control tower, that’s one of

the main things,” Bose said. The city is also interested in federal appropriations for other airport projects including, T-hangar construction, a new terminal building and a multi-purpose fire station and training facility. Winstead offices in Austin and Washington D.C. will lobby the state and federal legislature for the River Systems Institute project, which intends to prevent bank erosion and keep the water clean in the San Marcos River. “One of the projects we have in Washington D.C. is a grant application for the Corps of Engineers,” said City Manager Dan O’Leary. “It’s about a $4 million dollar grant that would extend every several years.” The lobbying group has worked with San Marcos for two years prior to the contract extension.

In its time working on behalf of the city, Winstead helped push through legislation and funding, including a $10 million allocation from the federal government after a request for funding in a 2005 transportation bill. “So far, they have been attentive and helpful,” Thomaides said. “I’m going to continue to evaluate their effectiveness, especially with the changing reality in Washington D.C.” O’Leary said the city may ask for several things from the Winstead group on the state level because the legislature is in session this year. “We want to oppose anything that takes away from local control of issues from San Marcos, anything that would take issues away from city councils and local voters,” he said.

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Petof the Week Sandy, a brown, female cocker spaniel and beagle mix, is in search of a new home. Both cocker spaniels and beagles are known for their gentle, kind temperaments, making Sandy an ideal pet for apartment living. Call the San Marcos Animal Shelter at (512) 393-8340 for adoption information.

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Trends Contact — Maira Garcia,

Move Over Mrs. Markham

brings farcical fun to Texas State By Todd Schaaf The University Star

Jon Clark/Star photo TECH NOTES: The cast of Move Over Mrs. Markham receives notes from director Richard Sodders, theatre and dance professor, and vocal coach Melissa Grogan, theatre and dance assistant professor, following tech rehearsal Sunday night. Jon Clark/Star photo MAKEUP!: Jenny Franz (seated), theatre senior, whose character is Olive Harriet Smythe runs her lines with Alicia Nelson, theatre junior, prior to dress rehearsal Tuesday night.

Move Over Mrs. Markham has been described as a hilarious British sex farce. The play is directed by Richard Sodders, theatre and dance professor. Sodders described what makes a play a sex satire, apart from the subject of sex. “It’s a typical British sex farce. It’s very, very fast, lots of running in and out of doors and that sort of thing,” Sodders said. Sodders explained that though this is relatively new to Texas State, it has been a popular style and subject matter in England for some time. “The sex farce is a common genre, and it’s typical of the London theaters,” Sodders said, “A lot of dinner theaters took over these kinds of plays and started doing them because they’re so popular, and it’s very fast paced, so people don’t get bored and they laugh a lot.” Move Over Mrs. Markham is a story about three couples who each secretly plan to use the same flat for an evening of inti-

macy unbeknownst to the other two couples. Things go awry and messages get crossed. “It’s a lot of mistaking identities and things like that. You decide that must be this person but it really isn’t, and the wrong people end up in bed together,” Sodders said. Sodders said he is looking forward to entertaining audiences with this play and has a great deal of respect for everyone involved. “The lighting, the scenery, the costumes, all of that is designed by students. They have faculty supervisors, but it is all done by students, and you have to see what they do to be truly impressed with how talented the students are,” Sodders said. “(Audiences) will be impressed with the professional level of the students. Our students certainly have a professional quality to them. I’ll brag and say we do better than the average college theatre.” Steve Hornsby, theatre senior, co-stars in Move Over Mrs. Markham, as Philip Markham. Hornsby said it hasn’t always

been easy adopting an English dialect. “The dialect, I try to work it in as much as I can during the day without being annoying to everyone around me. Usually a couple hours before rehearsal I try to start slipping into it a little bit,” Hornsby said. Although he plays a lead role as Mr. Markham, Hornsby stresses the teamwork and cohesion it takes to act in this play. “It’s such an ensemble cast. We all work together and we have to work together to make the jokes happen the way that they’re supposed to,” Hornsby said. Move Over Mrs. Markham will show 7:30 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday with a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday, and again 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28 to March 3 with another matinee 2 p.m. March 4. All performances will be at the Theatre Center. Hornsby offered students and the public reasons to attend the play. “It’s funny, it’s hilarious, it’s good theatre at a cheap price. You should come out and support the theatre department.” contest grants cash, SXSW gig to winning musicians By Jessica Sinn The University Star It’s almost time to slap on that wristband and taste-test an expansive buffet of live music at Austin’s South by Southwest music festival. Downtown streets will be flooded with starving artists, talent scouts and music connoisseurs. This means venues fill up fast and not all emerging artists can book a slot. Social networking Web site is giving musicians a chance to showcase their talents through its official SXSW party and contest. Two winners will receive a $1,000 traveling allowance and a slot at the Dirty Dog Bar March 16. ReverbNation is a music-oriented Web site that focuses on connecting artists with fans, industry professionals and venues. ReverbNation co-founder Louie Reverb said artists can spread the word about the contest by using free networking tools. “On our site, we’re very artist-centric; we think about the artist first,” Reverb said. “We have the artist go out and get their existing fans and capture new fans by giving them free email-management systems and promotional tools.” ReverbNation has already chosen five bands to perform at SXSW. The two Web site winners will be selected Friday. “Each one has a different angle, they all need something from us and we’re going to

showcase them at SXSW along with the two bands on our Web site,” Reverb said. “Most likely, unsigned bands will be picked to play there.” Contestants must make it to the top 50 to have their music heard by a judging panel. Artists will score 50 points for each fan, two points for each song play and one point for each page view. While a band’s rise to the top of the chart is based on popularity, final decisions will be left to the judges. “The person in first place may not be that good — they just might have the most overwhelming amount of fans and it could be friends and family,” Reverb said. “So we take the top 50 and we give it to the judges and let them decide.” Alternative rock band Squint is no stranger to SXSW. The Louisiana-based band has already secured slots at a couple of Austin venues, where it plans to showcase new songs from live album No Do-Overs. Lead vocalist Dane Adrian said he chose to enter the contest, because it is a judged competition and not solely popularity-based. “I’d rather be judged based on our musical merit and talent than on how many people we can rally up to click on our site,” Adrian said. Adrian said although he is pleased to be in the top 50, he doesn’t have too much riding on the contest. “We said ‘alright, we’re already going to SXSW, so here’s an opportunity to play at a

club that we like,’” Adrian said. “We like the Dirty Dog — and we like to get involved with a company that we believe is doing a very good job.” Alternative funk band Likely Story formed less than a year ago. Lead vocalist Missy Salaam said she’s thrilled to be in the top 50. She said winning a slot at SXSW would be a great kick-start to her budding music career. “It would be an amazing start for us,” Salaam said. “You get such great exposure at South by Southwest — you never know who’s there — plus it’s such a great music scene. There’s going to be tons of people there looking for good music.” Salaam said she is excited to show off her band’s energetic stage-show at SXSW. She said she stands a good chance of winning the judges over with her unique style of music. “We’re the only band from Texas in the top 50, and fans are going to see that we’re the only one of our kind in the whole chart,” Salaam said. “I think we have a really good chance, I feel confident about it.” Salaam said meeting a wide range of industry professionals at the contest party could quite possibly give her band a career boost. “I would be so thrilled to have those contacts,” Salaam said. “If the right people see us they would see that we have a rare concept, we have a rare chemistry and a new sound. I think they would be very interested and they would like it.”

Cotton Miller/Star photo LOYAL OPPOSITION: Artwork symbolizing the Common Experience theme of ‘Protest and Dissent,’ which includes photography, sculpture and painting is on display in the JCM Gallery I until March 20.

Mixed art forms presented in ‘Protest and Dissent’ exhibit By Tug Ledermann Special to the Star Sit-ins and strikes are not the only means of portraying protest and dissent. A new exhibit shows how opposition is relayed through art. After a year of preparation, LOYAL OPPOSITION: an exhibition of protest and dissent opened Tuesday at the Joann Cole Mitte Art Building in Gallery I. The exhibit is in conjunction with this year’s Common Experience theme, “Protest and Dissent”. Nico Schüler, co-chair of Common Experience, said the program was started to initiate intellectual conversations and debate, along with enhancing student participation on campus. “The former director of the Mitte Honors Program, Dr. Chris Frost, had the idea of creating a Common Experience that goes beyond a common reading program,” Schüler said. “The theme ‘Protest and Dissent’ was definitely a factor for me when I was asked to co-chair the (Common Experience), because it is an interesting topic that everyone can relate to in one way or another.” LOYAL OPPOSITION is comprised of 41 pieces of art, including photography, paintings and sculptures. The pieces were created by 21 emerging and midcareer artist from across the nation. Each piece of art in the exhibit signifies a social issue concerning

“Protest and Dissent,” such as racism, politics, segregation, justice and drug abuse. Works in the exhibition include the stitched cotton “WHITE FLAG” by Jack Daws, a woodcut piece entitled “Good Worker” by Daniel Gonzalez and “Freedom of Expression National Monument,” a photograph by Erika Rothenberg. Derrick Durham, a Texas State alumni and resident of San Marcos, created the large mural outside of Gallery I for the exhibit. “It’s important the viewer not walk away thinking that is the end game,” Durham said. For the art to be effective in creating an impact, he said, “action must be followed.” Mary Mikel Stump, JCM gallery director, said she appreciates the opportunity to support programs such as Common Experience. Stump traveled to several galleries and art shows across the nation to obtain pieces of art for LOYAL OPPOSITION. “I like the characterization that each artist represents a singular voice about their particular issue,” Stump said. A roundtable discussion on LOYAL OPPOSITION, “Art as a Vehicle for Protest and Dissent,” is scheduled at 11 a.m. March 27 in JCM, Room 2121. The discussion will include several of the artists with works in the exhibit. The JCM galleries are open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.


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Guitar Hero tournament raises funds for College Democrats By Clara Cobb The University Star

Monty Marion/Star photo Illustration ROCKIN OUT: With its five colored frets and springy whammy bar, Guitar Hero is a great way for the musically ungifted to rock out with the best of them. The College Democrats will hold a Guitar Hero tournament at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in George’s, located in the LBJ Student Center.

2007 edition of literary journal focusing on diversity, art By Michael Lee Gardin The University Star Gather your courage, art and writing. The spring deadline for the 2007 literary journal, Persona, is near. Persona, published by the English department since 1964, is a literary journal. Persona publishes selected works of art, poetry and short stories by Texas State students. Heather Robinson, creative writing senior, is the managing editor of Persona. Robinson, along with three poetry editors, a fiction editor and the rest of the Persona staff decide which pieces are published, and they make the journal’s design and layout decisions. Robinson said Persona offers an experience that prepares students for later careers. “If you want to be a writer, or if you want to be a person who is able to get their art out for people

to look at, you are going to have to deal with editors and you are going to have to know a submission process,” Robinson said. Robinson said this year Persona is trying to represent diversity on campus. “The last couple of years, from what I have seen, the focus has mainly been on the writing aspect, and I thought this year, I wanted to see more writing and art side by side,” Robinson said. “I want the journal to be aesthetically pleasing to reach more of a mass audience. I want to show different talents.” Robinson offers hints for students interested in submitting work. “I would say to submit multiple things,” Robinson said. “Also, try to keep it within the guidelines.” Robinson said she looks forward to the editing and design process. Allen Todd, creative writing junior, submitted a fictional short

story to Persona. Todd said he is excited and nervous about finding out if he will be published. “I am eagerly awaiting the results,” Todd said. Todd said being published in Persona would have benefits. “It is nice to be published,” he said. “I’m sure it is going to look favorable when applying for a masters or doctorate degree. Also, it is just the prestige of being in it with other students.” The journal accepts submissions from all current undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students. Submissions can be emailed to, or hard copies can be delivered to the Persona mailbox in Flowers Hall, Room 374. The spring deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. Feb. 28. For submission guidelines, visit The journal will be published this summer and distributed on campus free of charge.

Heroism no longer requires a cape or superpowers. Guitar heroes are being asked to join the College Democrats 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at George’s in the LBJ Student Center to play in a tournament-style competition. To be a hero, all that is required is a $5 registration fee and video game skills. Guitar Hero is a RedOctane video game for PlayStation2. A special guitar-shaped controller is used to play colored notes along with classic and popular songs, according to RedOctane’s Web site, www. Adriana Montez, pre-mass communication sophomore, said several women in the organization originally proposed idea to have a video game tournament. She enjoys playing Guitar Hero with her friends. “It’s going to be on ‘expert level,’ that’s the top level,” she said. Players will battle for the highest score and winners will move on to a finals round played on George’s big-screen TV. Montez, historian for the organization,

is excited to play in the tournament. “It’s just to be fun and social too,” she said. Eileen Galvez, political science junior, is secretary for the College Democrats. She said she is “obsessed” with Guitar Hero. “We came up with the idea while we were playing,” she said. “We were like, wouldn’t it be cool if we had a tournament?” Galvez said she hopes the tournament allows people to learn more about the organization, but is really just for fun. “We try to be in The Quad whenever we can to recruit,” she said. “This is just social.” Registration fees are a fund-raiser for the College Democrats, money will go to T-shirts for the organization and defer costs for a member retreat. First, second and third place guitar heroes will receive GameStop gift cards. For what Galvez called “old-school gamers,” original Nintendo systems will also be free to play for fun. “We thought it would be a good way for members to get to know each other,” Galvez said.

Artist Linnea Glatt holds opening ceremony at JCM Gallery By Ashley Wilrich Special to the Star Dallas artist Linnea Glatt, whose work is featured in locations from Austin to Phoenix, held a lecture and opening ceremony Tuesday for her exhibit Split Second, in Gallery II of the Joann Cole Mitte Art Building. Glatt’s lecture covered many of her installations as well as some of her first public pieces. Glatt spoke about why she produced certain pieces, starting with some of her earlier work in sand casting. “Creating a piece around me was a realization that the art had to come from within,” Glatt said. Many of her pieces, including “Centering: A Place to be Together” and “Form for a Family” are interactive, where the audience can either sit down in, or walk in and out of the artwork. Glatt said these pieces came

after her marriage and starting a family and are relatively domesticated. She then spoke about her pieces of duality, including “Great Joy,” “Great Sadness,” “Doubt” and “Hope.” “Heaven” and “Earth” has an image on the ceiling with a reflecting mirror on the floor. Glatt also spoke about an installation done with photographer Frances Merritt Thompson, which is currently on display in Houston. The lecture included a video showing Glatt’s versatility, entitled “Sketches.” “I like the idea of moving images that capture my surroundings,” Glatt said. After speaking about her pieces, Glatt followed up with a question-and-answer period in which she discussed different materials used and her feelings about the audience. “I spent a lot of my career worried about the audience,” Glatt said. “I’m not worried

about that anymore.” Mary Mikel Stump, director of JCM Gallery, said the exhibit provided variety. She enjoys the calming effect of Glatt’s stitching and pale colors in contrast to the intensity of LOYAL OPPOSITION, another exhibit at the gallery. “There are two pieces that are so simple and subtle,” Stump said. “I love all of the stitched drawings.” Glatt’s pieces include a series of stitched drawings, entitled “Life Span,” which shows the cycle of life using circles and lines. One large drawing, “Split Second,” has lines comprised of intricate stitches in a circular pattern. The exhibit will be on display through March 20 in Gallery II of the Mitte Complex. The exhibit may be viewed 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.


Wednesday, February 21, 2007

✯Star Comics THE WOES OF THE WET SPOT By Anna Tauzin Star Columnist Picture this. Your earth-shattering orgasm has passed, nirvana has hit. The acts you committed would make a porn star blush. Your lover is still entangled with you in whatever insane pose you recently read in Cosmo. His hands are still clenched in your hair and a thin sheen of sweat is glistening on both of your bodies. In the dark, you smile triumphantly as you slide down to cuddle for a few moments. And that’s when you feel it. That cold, sticky, infamous…wet spot. Countless numbers of paramours have had to deal with this uncomfortable side effect of procreation over the years, and unfortunately there’s not much that can be done about it. Ignoring the elephant in the

room does no good. You both know someone has to lie in it, but instead of arguing over who it’s going to be (by the way ladies, sperm cells don’t live long, so there’s no possibility of getting pregnant by lying in the spot), you might as well decide how to prevent or deal with it. A towel could be used, but by the time you get around to mopping up the love juice, it will likely have soaked into the mattress. You could be prepared and lay down a towel before getting down, but there’s a pretty good chance the spot could soak through that too. The easiest way to avoid a wet spot is to use a condom. A condom will trap the semen at the top and prevent leakage if it is properly removed. In the event that none of that appeals to you, might I suggest using your roommate’s Twister mat for a sheet? It would certainly

make things interesting. Be sure to wash your sheets regularly. Depending on how often you do laundry, I’d recommend washing them every one to two weeks. To remove a stain from a mattress, apply a combination of white vinegar and water and then squeeze out as much moisture as possible before laying the mattress in the sun to dry. An easier method would be to spray on a mixture of bleach and water, dab with a towel and then use a hair dryer on that sucker. It doesn’t exactly leave the best scent, unless you’re into that hospital-sterile feel, but it will certainly be sanitary. Regardless of how you deal with it, don’t take the wet spot too seriously. Trade off the duty of snoozing in the puddle and keep things lighthearted. It’s a sticky job, but someone has to do it.

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exas State has heard a lot of buzz this legislative session about a potential tax-free textbook holiday. A bill filed by State Rep. Patrick Rose, D-Dripping Springs, creates the holiday spanning from the second Monday in August to the second Sunday in September and Jan. 1 to Jan. 31. A similar bill filed by State Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, creates tax-free textbook holidays spanning from the second Friday in August to the second following Sunday, as well as the second Friday in January to the second following Sunday. But the potential benefit of tax-free textbooks is minimal compared to what students stand to gain from other legislation currently being considered. Lawmakers have expressed concern with how little money Texas is contributing to higher education. Legislators are willing to use this session to undo some of the damage done when Texas deregulated tuition in 2003. Since deregulation, Texas State students have seen a 52 percent increase in tuition costs. State funding for the university has fallen from 50 percent to 30 percent. According to the state Public Interest Research Group, the average college student spends $900 per year over two semesters on textbooks. A tax break would then only generate an average savings of $75 per year, or less than $40 per semester. Obviously, tax-free textbooks would benefit Texas State students too, but of more concern to college students is the rising cost of tuition and a solution to that problem. Giving students back a mere $40 for a 52 percent tuition increase is not a relief, it is a diversion. The minimal amount of money saved can hardly compare to the thousands of dollars spent as tuition continues to rise. Moreover, the city of San Marcos opposes the legislation, as tax-free textbooks would remove local financial support in the community. As this university aims to improve its community relations, supporting legislation with a minimal gain does not seem the best way to move toward a common goal. There are a number of tuition stabilization plans floating around. All of them involve more state money going to higher education and some of them stand to possibly save students thousands of dollars. Energy expended promoting tax-free textbooks would be better spent researching the different options for slowing the rising cost of tuition and promoting the one that is best for Texas State. The Associated Student Government has made tax-free textbooks its No. 1 priority for the legislative session. However, that does not mean students have to do the same. Students who are interested in real costs should be more concerned with where their pocketbooks are most affected: tuition and fees.



Tax-free textbook proposal takes focus off important issues

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Americans still not taking advantage of voting rights earned in 1960s The photographs of Matt Heron remind us of a long battle that now lives in vain. Heron’s exhibit, Voting STEPHANIE SILVAS Star Columnist Rights: The Struggle in the South, which is on display in the Gallery of the Common Experience in the Lampasas Building, illustrates the struggle for the right to vote during the 1960s. It focuses on the Civil Rights movement in Selma, Ala., where only 2 percent of eligible black voters registered to vote. The photos, which are chronologically spread throughout the gallery, should have evoked a sense of pride.

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Instead, they reminded me of a lower voter turnout than we experience today. The exhibit displays the critical stepping-stones established during the Civil Rights era. The results of that era made it easier for all citizens to experience the rights guaranteed by our forefathers. With his camera, Heron captured heroic men and women who contested injustice. The exhibit also displays photos and a summary that captures the marches that led to the Voting Rights Acts of 1965. The first march ended in bloodshed and two deaths after a battle with local officials. The second march was turned back by police. The third march, led by Martin Luther King Jr., was success-

ful after President Lyndon Johnson sent U.S. troops into the South to protect it, according to the summaries on the photos. The photos suggest a strong sense of perseverance. The right to vote was a huge victory in the Civil Rights movement, and the photos display men and women who fought that battle. But how far have we really come since 1965? In the last mid-term election, only 36 percent of the voting population cast ballots in Texas, according to the Texas secretary of state’s Web site. Our state was ranked 49th in the country for voter turnout, according to www. After the great effort that the valiant men and women put forth to

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establish our rights, we continue to disregard our privilege to vote. College students are a significant example of the indifference Americans have for our rights and the battles waged to have those rights. The turnout of college students and minorities at the polls has been consistently disappointing. Politicians listen to their constituents. One of the main issues we face in the political world is health care. Why? The elderly show up at the polls. College tuition and the cost of textbooks are not high on the list of priorities for politicians. Why? Many college students do not show up to the polls. The struggle portrayed in the exhibit is a testimony to our most important rights. We

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Mascot named racist after years of apathy By Tim Giago (Nanwica Kciji) (MCT) The news is out that the University of Illinois will drop its Chief Illiniwek mascot. It just goes to show that not all “traditions” are honorable. It all began in 1926 when an Illinois student named Lester Leutwiler put on a homemade Indian costume and pranced around the football field at halftime. It will come to an end Wednesday when the current mascot, Dan Maloney, will do the splits and other non-Indian dance steps for the last time. This time-honored tradition faced its first objection when a woman of Spokane Indian heritage, a graduate student at the University of Illinois, named Charlene Teters, stood alone and fearful at a football game in Champaign, Ill. holding a small sign that read, “We are human beings and not mascots.” Many of the fans and alumni of the “Fighting Illini” were at first puzzled and then angered at the audacity of this Indian woman. Some spat on her as they walked past and others flipped burning cigarettes at her. But she tearfully stood her ground because she had grown increasingly sick and tired of having her people insulted every Saturday for the sake of a football game. To stand alone in the face of such fury and anger from a supposed educated segment of America’s white society took courage and determination, but the constant insults and abuse soon caused Teters to waiver. Her fear was mostly for her children and not herself. But tell me this: Why should any people fear for their very lives for protesting the use of Indians as mascots for America’s fun and games? One day I got a call from Teters. She told me she was hurt and frightened by the attacks upon her for standing up against the use of Chief Illiniwek as her school’s mascot. She said she was going to quit school and go home. I said, “That is your choice Char, but if you quit, they win.” Well, she didn’t quit but instead continued her protests even beyond the day she graduated. Soon hundreds of American Indians showed up on Homecoming Day at the University of Illinois to join Teters in her protest. Howard Wakeland, president of the Honor the Chief Society, said after the decision to remove Illiniwek as the school’s mascot that it was like putting the mascot in a museum. “Put him in a cage and walk by and say that’s our symbol. That seriously kills the heart of the chief.” There will always be those who just don’t get it. In the minds of most American Indians it is high time Illiniwek was placed in a museum. I hope the traditional Sioux regalia the university bought from Chief Fools Crow under false pretenses are returned before the mascot is put on display. Fools Crow believed the university bought the outfit for historical and educational purposes. When I showed him a photo of how the costume was actually used he was furious. Before his death several years ago he asked, “How can I get them back?” The Oglala Sioux Tribe is now demanding the materials’ return thanks to Eileen Janis, the former vice president of the tribe. There are still a handful Indian tribes that have sold out their heritage and allow colleges to use their images as mascots. And there is still a professional football team that uses the color of a people’s skin for its mascot. I honor Teters for her courage and determination. She has fought for and helped bring about many changes at colleges that have dropped their Indian mascots and declared them as racist. I will consider America grown up when it finally determines that to name a professional football team “Redskins” after the color of a people’s skin is one of the last bastions of racial prejudice in this country. Tim Giago, an Oglala Lakota, is the founder and first president of the Native American Journalists Association. The University Star is the student newspaper of Texas State University-San Marcos published Tuesday through Thursday during the fall and spring semesters. It is distributed on campus and throughout San Marcos at 8 a.m. every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with a distribution of 8,000. Printing and distribution is by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung. Copyright February 21, 2007. All copy, photographs and graphics appearing in The University Star are the exclusive property of The University Star and may not be reproduced without the expressed written consent of the editor in chief.

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The Texas State men’s golf team placed 10th overall in the UTSA Intercollegiate, hosted by Texas-San Antonio Monday and Tuesday. The Bobcats tied with McNeese State; both schools shot three-round totals of 905 at Oak Hills Country Club. Tyler Barnes-Wolf and Bobby Hutcherson paced the Texas State squad, tying for 21st overall with scores of 224. Hutcherson shot a 71 in the final 18 holes, the fifth-best score for round three. Texas State competes next in the Louisiana Classic March 5 through 6. — Courtesy of Athletic Media Relations

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Bobcats’ streak ends after striking out against Longhorns By Chris Boehm The University Star One win over Texas proved more difficult than a sweep of the Fighting Irish. The Longhorns halted Texas State’s three-game winning streak Tuesday beating the Bobcats, 7-1, at Disch-Falk Field before 4,382 fans. Texas State was coming off two wins in San Antonio over Notre Dame. Texas scored all its runs during the first two innings, holding the Bobcats scoreless for until the seven fames of the game. B.J. Boening started on the mound and took the loss for Texas State, throwing one-andtwo-thirds innings and allowing seven runs on five hits and three walks. Jason Baca replaced Boening in the second inning with Texas’ Preston Clark at the plate and the score 6-0. Clark scored with Baca pitching but the run was credited to Boening. “UT took their opportunities when the came,” Coach Ty Harrington said. “We need B.J to go back to the drawing board now. That’s one of our concerns right now.” Longhorn starter Hunter Harris, 1-0, recorded three outs in the top of the first, making way for Texas to do its damage. Longhorn second baseman Travis Tucker began the rally by recording a hit-by-pitch. Jordan Danks followed with single putting Texas’ runners on first and second with no one out. The two runners advanced to third and second base, respectively, on a sacrifice bunt by Chance Wheeless. Bradley Suttle drove in the first run of the game with a single, which scored Tucker. Boening, 0-1, loaded the bases with a walk to Kyle Rus-

sell. A Preston Clark sacrifice fly scored Danks, with Suttle reaching home plate via a single up the middle by Nick Peoples. Texas surrendered hits but no runs in the top of the second. Harris forced Bobcat Jared Bunn to hit into a double play to get out of trouble. The Longhorns scored three more runs, ending Boening’s night. “I know (Boening’s) disappointed,” Harrington said. “I expected him to pitch better.” Texas State pitchers allowed no runs and three hits the rest of the game. The Bobcats and Longhorns combined to use 11 pitchers in the game. “I thought after (Boening) we pitched well and played good defense,” Harrington said. The Longhorns relied on six pitchers to scatter seven hits in the one-run effort. Texas State did not score until the top of the eighth inning. “We started off strong,” Tucker said. “We came out with a lot of confidence and were ready to play.” Gerry Cervantez started the eighth with a walk, advancing to second base on a free pass to Casey Guest. Leadoff hitter Thomas Field hit into a double play, but Cervantez moved to Cotton Miller/Star photo third on the play. Cervantez scored on single to right field CALLED OUT: Junior Jason Miranda is called out sliding into home Tuesday at Disch-Falk field in Austin. The Bobcats fell 7-1 against the from Adam Witek. Longhorns, making their record 8-3 for the season. Texas State was coming off a three-game winning streak, and sometimes when you play UT.” and was followed by a shot to Harrington said. “We didn’t do think we kept our game at a had scored 46 runs over the last Texas State put runners on in left by Aaron Garza. a good job of what we do best. comfortable level.” five victories, including a 22-6 the sixth inning with two outs Miranda was waved past third Texas has a lot of ability on the Texas State heads to New drubbing of Texas A&M-Prairie but could not capitalize, due to with Danks fielding Garza’s ball. mound, and (the defense) made Mexico this weekend for a View Friday. a play at the plate where Jason A throw to home ended the in- three good plays.” three-game series against the “The only thing that was dif- Miranda was called out. ning. Longhorn pitchers recorded Lobos. ferent was that we did a poor Miranda, pinch-hitting for Pat Texas State put just three just one strikeout in the game, “We’ve got a big weekend job adjusting at the plate,” said Crumpton, hit a single to start runners on base the rest of the but were backed by a defense ahead, and we need to get Howard Bushong, assistant head the inning but was followed by night, ending the game with that did not commit an error. ready,” Wood said. coach. “We were rushing and consecutive fly outs from Field three quick outs from Garza, “We’re starting to get into the The Bobcats return home not getting deep into the count. and Witek. David Wood moved Jared Bunn and Laurn Randell. rhythm of the game,” said Texas March 2 against Texas SouthAnd that kind of thing happens Miranda to second on a single, “We were overanxious today,” Head Coach Augie Garrido. “I ern University.

Mavs enter second half with solid cushion By Art Garcia McClatchy Newspapers FORT WORTH — Those who attended All-Star weekend might still be hurting today. What happens in Vegas… But if anyone needs a sobering thought as the league returns to work Tuesday, mull over what the Mavericks have done since starting 0-4. Or, just ask them. “If you would have told us we’d be 44-5 in the last 49 games, that’s crazy,” Dirk Nowitzki said. “Obviously, we’re happy where we’re at, but in this league, especially in the West, you never can be satisfied. “You always want to keep that hunger, keep that heart, and we know it’s still going to be a long run.” In the sprint to the playoffs, the NBA-leading Mavs, 44-9, have separated from the pack. For a franchise with just one outright division title, the Southwest Division might already be won. San Antonio, the Mavs’ closest pursuer, sits nine games back at 35-18. The Mavs would have to go 20-9 (.690) to finish with 18 losses, with the Spurs going undefeated (29-0) to forge a tie. “They’ve played better,” San Antonio point guard Tony Parker conceded. “We’ll see what happens.” The Mavs have gone 30-2 (.938 winning percentage) since Dec. 13. That stretch has built a solid four-game cushion over Phoenix, 39-13, in the race for the Western Conference’s No. 1 seed. For teams in the thick of it, the next two months make the season.

“The first and last third of the season go a lot faster than that middle third,” Mavs forward Austin Croshere said. “The last third you’re really looking at the standings and the playoff seedings, and there’s that push to maximize yourself for playoff positioning. The last third of the season is the fun part.” Coach Avery Johnson’s view hasn’t wavered. He doesn’t judge teams by winning streaks, even if the Mavs are a victory off their third double-digit streak of the season. “We’ve won a few games,” Johnson said. “We’re not perfect. We see more on film than you guys do.” Johnson wanted his players to “manage” the break, doling out individual instructions for some. Among the projects: Devin Harris working on his mid-range jumper and DeSagana Diop maintaining his strength and conditioning program. Slipping into CEO mode, Johnson expected everyone to adhere to the team’s “corporate” philosophy. In other words, take care of yourself and get back ready to work. “We never turn it off, and I don’t think you’re necessarily going to turn it off during the break,” Johnson said, “but it’s good to get some rest, because once we come back, we hope to be playing for a long time.” The chance to relax before the last 29 games was welcomed – and needed. “Mentally, it’s good to get away from the gym and get away from the same faces,” said Croshere, who caught up on some family time.

Scars linger for Cardinals’ Isringhausen By Joe Strauss St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MCT) JUPITER, Fla. — Less than five months have lapsed since Jason Isringhausen, pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals, went to sleep not knowing what he would learn when he awoke from hip surgery. An orthopedist in Nashville, Tenn., would either shave the neck of Isringhausen’s thighbone to allow him greater flexibility within an arthritic hip or perform a “resurfacing,” a virtual reconstruction that would mean the end of his career. “Nobody has ever come back from that,” Isringhausen said of the procedure, which involves replacing the labrum and everything else within the hip socket with rubber lining. “There was a chance it was over.” Isringhausen threw from a mound Saturday, proof of a successful and less dire procedure. Pitching coach Dave Duncan has tentatively scheduled the Cardinals closer to return to game competition March 15, barring complications. There is no running in Isringhausen’s spring program, and his participation in fielding practice will be restricted. In a perfect world, Isringhausen will recover in time from his seventh surgery in time to close out the April 1 opener against the New York Mets. A painful season left its mark on Isringhausen before he was shut down Sept. 7, a day on which he “celebrated” his 34th birthday during the back end of a Washington-to-Phoenix trip. By then the Brighton, Ill., native had become callused from booing in his home park, booing he says now prevents his wife from attending games and chal-

Jerry Lodriguss/Philadelphia Inquirer HEALING UP: St. Louis Cardinals’ Albert Pujols (5) congratulates Jason Isringhausen after the Cardinals 4-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies April 6. Isringhausen may be able of returning to the field in time for the Cardinals’ April 1 opener against the New York Mets.

lenges a long-held desire to retire with the club. “I’m still happy to be part of the Cardinals, but in a sense it has become more of a business,” he said. Isringhausen expected more lenience from people he grew up around, even if they failed to realize his left leg could not support him whenever he lifted his 4-yearold daughter, Madolyn. He used this winter both to rehabilitate his hip and to fortify a moat that now separates him from those who first jumped him during a difficult April. Expecting a rude reception, Isringhausen informed the club he would be a no-show at the team’s winter warm-up long before a January ice storm complicated travel plans for others. He remembers being booed with the Oakland A’s before coming to St. Louis. A rabid newspaper, Internet and chat room reader, Isringhausen felt the hostility before reaching the park each day. “I didn’t care there. I didn’t know any of those people. It’s harder being home and hearing it,” he said. “But in the same sense, it’s part of what I do. There is no in-between. I’m the hero or the goat every single time I go out there.” Isringhausen’s 33 saves last season ranked fifth in the National League and established him as the franchise’s all-time leader with 173. However, his 10 blown saves, 10 home runs allowed and

3.55 ERA each represented highs in his five seasons with the Cardinals. Isringhausen said arthroscopic surgery after the 2004 World Series to repair the hip’s lining eased but failed to eliminate discomfort that he now confesses began in 2002. “I’ve had good years with it, so I wasn’t complaining,” Isringhausen said. “It’s just part of being an athlete. You’ve got to go out and play in pain.” Asked why he didn’t hint at his condition last summer, he explained, “The general public doesn’t know everything. They don’t know what I’ve got, which is fine. It’s not their place to know everything.” Manager Tony La Russa and Duncan played down the condition, but, insists Duncan, even they failed to comprehend its severity until the pitcher’s mechanics increasingly betrayed him. “At a certain point we became very aware he wasn’t letting us know how bad he really was,” Duncan said. “You saw his delivery come apart more often and more often and more often. He was dealing with something that really affected him.” Teammates describe a player generous with advice and money. Isringhausen, who supplied the home bullpen with industrial fans last summer, also mentored a group that included two rookies and two others with less than two years’ major league service. “He’s been like a second father to me,” said 25-year-old lefthand-

er Tyler Johnson. “I owe a lot of what success I’ve had to him. It’s hard for me to describe how much respect I have for him.” Isringhausen’s bullpen mates held to a clubhouse omertà, obliquely acknowledging his struggles but not giving him away. Isringhausen returned on crutches to the team shortly after his Sept. 21 surgery and rode shotgun during its World Series ride. Watching Adam Wainwright close each round of the playoffs before striking out Detroit Tigers third baseman Brandon Inge to end the World Series served as a bittersweet symphony. “I wanted to close out the World Series. I wanted to be the guy. That was the hardest part of last year. But I couldn’t be more happy or prouder for Adam than anybody, except maybe his mom. And she always hugs me,” Isringhausen said. “Izzy was right there when we won and celebrated, part of it. And all of us were glad for it,” pitcher Randy Flores said. “When you’re hurt, it’s there every day for 24 hours. But he understands that it’s part of the game. That doesn’t make it any easier, but it goes to his presence as a leader.” But even the Oct. 29 celebration picked at the hurt. “I don’t like getting booed. It’s over now,” Isringhausen said. “I’m sure the first day I come out there I’ll get booed again. How many people get booed at the parade?”

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